I am a Christian. Please don't misunderstand what I mean when I say this. I am not saying I am perfect. I am not saying that I know more than those who are not Christians, nor am I saying that you are wrong in your belief. I am saying that I have chosen to make Jesus Christ the lord of my life by asking Him to come into my life. For those who don't believe in God, this may seem a bit odd or confusing, and this may make you more confused, but I am more convinced of His existence than I am the chair I am sitting in. I have had more deep experiences with my savior than I could ever number. He is very real to me. I truly believe the only reason my oldest daughter is alive today is because of God intervening in her life at 10 months old. No one will ever convince me otherwise.
For many years I have taken on many insults and slander because of my beliefs. It pretty much comes with the territory so you kind of get used to it. The thing is that it seems lately my faith has come under a much greater attack than I can ever remember. It's no longer just a mild ribbing at your beliefs, or the old bible thumper jokes, but a much more vile hatred that I see. It seems people are no longer willing to agree to disagree.
The funny thing is, many people don't understand what faith is. Every one has faith in something. My choice is faith in God. An atheist has faith as well, it is merely directed at another source. Take our existence for example. We came from somewhere! I choose to believe that we were designed by a supreme being. Now for those already rolling their eyes, I do not believe that this Earth is only 7000 years old. I believe no one knows for sure, but I believe it is possible that the Earth is millions of years old, but I also believe that God put man on this Earth sometime in the last 10,000 years. Prior to that, I don't know what went on here, but I leave that up to God and that's where my faith comes in. I believe there may have been another race here, but I don't know for sure. The evolutionist believes that life just started somehow. That something came from nothing. This also takes faith to believe in considering that science tells us that something cannot come from nothing.
So then, since we all have some kind of faith, why are we Christians persecuted for ours?
I've had some discussions with a few atheists in my life and many are cordial, but what confuses me are the nearly violent ones. It is like you mention God and they get violently angry! It is almost as if they are afraid of you! I am pretty sure I have never purposely hurt anyone having a discussion.
So where do I go from here? I guess I just "keep keepin' on" and pray for those that persecute me. God said in His word that I would be persecuted and hated by all nations because of Him. Matt. 24:9 This is what I have to remember.
My life verse is Romans 8: 38-39. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This speaks my heart. I still believe. No matter what, I still believe.